Crackdown on ‘colorum’ vehicles nets 10 buses


The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), along with its umbrella agencies such as the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), seems to be off to an encouraging start toward making the country’s thoroughfares safer for users.

Ten colorum or unregistered vehicles have been caught in different areas of the country since June 19, the first day of implementation of Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01 of DOTC, LTO and LTFRB.

“Carry on with the good job so far of enforcing safety measures [that]will protect motorists and commuters alike. Let’s continue creating a culture of road discipline for the public good,” DOTC Secretary Emilio Joseph Abaya advised the LTO on Friday.

LTO Assistant Secretary Alfonso Tan Jr. listed down the colorum buses as:

Two Bachelor Express buses in Region 10, carrying passengers from Butuan City, Agusan del Sur, to Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental. One (151010 temporary license plate) was operating on an ordinary route in violation of its excursion/special trip authorization and lacking registration papers. The other (LYE 668) was also operating on an ordinary route in violation of its excursion/special trip authorization.

Buenasher Transport Corp. bus (PVH 460) in Metro Manila, was plying Edsa with an expired franchise, whose last extension of validity ended in January 2013.

Lucena Lines bus (TYK 695) in Alaminos, Laguna, was operating with expired vehicle registration and expired franchise.

Jerel Transport Corp. bus (GWF 633), apparently run by Sunrays Bus Lines in Region 7.

Two Super 5 buses in Region 5, both carrying Manila-bound passengers. One (PIA 826) was coming from Surigao and the other (UVC 699) from Davao.

AOM bus (051206), also in Region 5, carrying passengers from Naga City, Camarines Sur, and bound for Legazpi City, Albay.

Dalin Liner bus (BVB 591) in Region 2.

NELBUSCO bus (BVK 502) also in Region 2.

“The LTO is serious in putting a stop to rampant violations of land transportation rules and regulations. As part of our reform program, one of our priorities is to instill orderliness on our roads, for both public utility and private vehicles,” Tan said.

The 10 buses have been impounded in accordance with the joint administrative order and the fines imposed on their owners will go straight to the national treasury once paid.

The order sets P6,000 to P1 million fines for violators.


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  1. Rocky Coronel on

    I was shocked to hear Neri Colminares justify the illegal transport strike. His reasoning that getting franchise is difficult and expensive is irrelevant and misplaced. The line of reasoning of the left is one way and self serving.

  2. It is good to see that the regulators has some teeth. However, there should be an emphasis mostly on safety concerns. Buses operated on regular routes instead of charter routes do not present the same risks as buses with poor maintenance records or drivers behaving wildly at the wheel.

  3. Why do we this problem of having to deal with colorum vehicles? Because it is cheaper to make “lagay” to officers of LTO than getting franchises and purchasing insurance coverage. LTO is a very corrupt government agency, so we have this problem year in and year out.

    If LTO is serious about eliminating the problem of “colorum” vehicles, it should not just fine colorum operators; it should impound all these illegal vehicles and sell them at auction. Once, these colorum owners see that LTO means business, potential colorum operators will be discouraged to disobey the law. But don’t hold your breath as yet. LTO will not kill the golden goose that lays the golden eggs grease money for the corrupt men of LTO. So, colorums will always be here to stay.